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Black strategy: opening moves 1

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By now I hope you’re getting a good idea of what black is aiming for and a glimmering of how to get it. Obviously you can’t get near the king at the start of the game; you will have to fight for the corners first. If you fail, white will have a quick win. If you succeed, you still have a lot of work to do, to create a cordon around the king and trap him.
So, what are the best opening moves for black? Different players have different preferences of course. As a general principle, I would say don’t move in too fast. Try a few openings, and see what works best.
Here are a few possibilities, with comments...